Albert and Jameson: A Play with Vampires

Written and Directed by Adam O’Brien

ALBERT: (In comical scary voice) Don’t worry Jammy, I’m still here.

JAMESON: (Sighing) A fact I begrudgingly, shall never forget.

Wollongong Workshop Theatre is inviting you to come and spend a brief eternity with its two newest residents, Albert and Jameson; a pair of Vampires dealing with the pressures of modern life, the meaning of life and the afterlife and each other.

In its tradition to bring locally written and produced works to the Illawarra stage, Workshop Theatre is opening it’s 2016 season with “Albert and Jameson: A Play with Vampires”; a new absurdist comedy, penned by local playwright Adam O’Brien of The Dire Theatre.

The play centres on Albert and Jameson, a pathetic pair of vampires, as they explore the meaninglessness of life, regardless of your life, or rather, after-life span. The play is structured around the duo as they struggle with the three big “E’s”; eternity, enraged peasants and each other. Following a very public, very audible blunder by Albert, the pair are forced into hibernation. They awake in the modern world, but quickly discover that living in the age of Facebook, television and smart phones is about as tolerable as an eternity of one another’s company.

The piece, written by O’Brien, artistic director of The Dire Theatre, who last year debuted “Our Neighbourhood: A Play with Songs” at the Workshop Theatre;  which then went on to a successful season at the Sydney Fringe Festival, is a fresh look at the absurdist genre. “Absurdist theatre is usually so deflating” says O’Brien “even the so called comedies. You pay money to see a masterpiece like Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’ and you may leave with an appreciation for theatre as a craft and an existential crisis, but you are robbed of the potential realisation that maybe the complete lack of cosmic confine or spiritual structure is freaking hilarious!’. This is what we are aiming to do with Albert and Jameson, we hope to give audiences the freedom to embrace the absurdity of everything, positively.”

With a cast of only three, Albert and Jameson: A Play with Vampires is a very intimate production that leaps between moments of rapier sharp wit and vicious verbal volleys, to moments of pure smut and childlike name calling, and of course everything from sensual blunders and violent murders in-between.

Albert and Jameson: A Play with Vampires opens on the 22nd of April and runs until the 1st of May. To book tickets contact the theatre on 0467 091 146 or book online.

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